Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning Toronto , ON


Located in Toronto, Ontario, York University has an established international reputation as a research-intensive university committed to collegial self-governance, social justice, equity, inclusivity, and diversity. As a comprehensive university with 11 Faculties and Schools and 25 interdisciplinary and collaborative research centres, York is a vibrant intellectual community focused on the highest academic quality, outstanding teaching and learning and student experience, cutting-edge research, and engagement with local, national, and international communities. York University reflects the diversity and vibrancy of Toronto, attracting more than 6,200 international students from 178 countries. The University has established its reputation worldwide with 280 international partnerships, and its more than 300,000 alumni span the globe.

York University Libraries (YUL) has approximately 200 employees, including 44 full time faculty librarians and archivists, 140 staff and student employees located in four libraries on the main campus, one in our French Language campus (Glendon College), and one in our new Markham campus (opening 2023) and an information centre located at our eco-campus in Costa Rica. With collections of over 2.4 million volumes, YUL is recognized for rich historical and community-engaged archives and special collections, progressive services for accessibility, innovative technologies, and robust services in support of teaching, learning, research and scholarship. YUL provides campus leadership on information literacy, open education, open data and other scholarly communication priorities. York University Libraries is seeking an experienced leader for the Associate Dean, Teaching & Learning position.

Reporting to the Dean, the Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning is a member of York University Libraries’ senior leadership team, providing strategic direction and oversight over the division and plays a lead role in fostering collaborative strategies to shape a robust and sustainable environment for YUL’s Teaching and Learning Division. The Associate Dean is the chief architect in realizing a revitalized division and operationalizing a newly developed framework for the division and works closely with Associate Deans of Research & Open Scholarship and Digital Engagement & Strategy. Administrative responsibilities encompass YUL’s functions for circulation, information and reference services, teaching services, accessibility, resource sharing and the Learning Commons. The Associate Dean operates in a highly interrelated and collaborative environment to set priorities for advancing quality instruction and standards and a sustainable roster of programs for YUL’s teaching and learning activities.

The Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning understands the evolving role of the academic library, is adept at championing the libraries, and demonstrates a strong capacity to advance programs to foster student learning and success. The Associate Dean will be well-versed in innovative curricular and course supports, combined with information literacy programming and current user experience methodologies. The ideal candidate brings strong communication and collaborative skills, as well as a deep user-centred focus. Comfortable operating in a unionized environment, the next Associate Dean will work to advance the Libraries’ core values of empowering staff and aligning resources to be innovative, flexible and creative.

The ideal candidate possesses an American Library Association (ALA) accredited Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS) or equivalent as defined by the ALA, and a successful record of leadership, planning, developing and managing library programs and services and leading staff through change gained through at least five years of experience in library management positions. This is a continuing appointment at the rank of Associate Librarian with an initial three-year Associate Dean term, with the possibility of renewal upon successful review, and is expected to commence early in 2022. The successful candidate will be eligible for a tenured continuing appointment. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

York University welcomes applicants who are committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and who will assist with nurturing a positive, supportive and inclusive culture within York University Libraries. Applications are particularly encouraged from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including Indigenous peoples, visible and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women and 2SLGBTQ2+. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which is available through the application process and can also be found at

If you’re interested in this opportunity, contact Amorell Saunders N’Daw at or Debra Clinton at or submit your application online at:

York University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation in order to participate as a candidate in the recruitment process, please contact or communicate your needs to the recruitment professional named in the job description. Applications received by December 15th,2021, will receive full consideration although applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Please be advised that this is a reposting of the ad since applicant criteria have changed.

Closes: 2 February, 2022

York University
Toronto , ON